Health Care

Appointments UI's Leslie appointed to NIH Council of Councils

University of Iowa medical faculty member and entrepreneur Kim Leslie has been elected to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council on Councils, a body that directly advises the NIH director.

Gifts Education fund created to improve care, research for patients with dementia

As the Alzheimer's Association raises awareness during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, the recently created Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund aims to improve care for dementia patients. The fund will support outreach projects by the Hartford/Csomay Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the UI College of Nursing.
Xela Weber, 6, of Galena, Ill., signs her name to a special purple beam set aside just for patients and families of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

Another part of the 'wow experience'

'Raise the Beam' event opens the door to next phase of UI Children's Hospital construction
Patients, families, construction crews and hospital staff celebrated the "topping off" of the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital building with a month filled with events that let everyone leave their mark on the new building.
salt on french fries

'French fry hypothesis' busted

High salt prevents weight gain in mice on a high-fat diet
In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, UI scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice. The findings highlight the profound effect non-caloric dietary nutrients can have on energy balance and weight gain.
Reaching New Heights: Will's Story

Reaching new heights

UI Children's Hospital uses unique technology to reduce number of surgical procedures for early-onset scoliosis patients
Will Imbus was diagnosed with early-onset scoliosis—an abnormal, side-to-side curve of the spine in children under 5 years old. Technology used at UI Children’s Hospital is reducing the number of surgical procedures for early-onset scoliosis patients.

Iowa's only nationally ranked children's hospital

UI Children's Hospital ranked in nine specialties by U.S. News & World Report
"U.S. News & World Report" has ranked University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City in nine specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. UI Children’s Hospital is the only hospital nationally ranked for pediatric care in Iowa.

Simple interventions can reduce surgical site infections

Screening for and eliminating staph bacteria before surgery can reduce rates of serious post-surgery infection
A multi-center study led by infection control experts with UI Health Care finds that implementing a series of simple interventions before surgery can reduce the rate of surgical-site infections by up to 40 percent.

Bacteria may cause Type 2 diabetes

Findings suggest anti-bacterial therapy or vaccines may be able to prevent or treat Type 2 diabetes
A UI study shows that chronic exposure to a toxin made by staph bacteria produces in rabbits the hallmark symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, including insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. The findings suggest that eliminating staph bacteria or neutralizing the toxins might have potential for preventing or treating the disease.